906. Arachnothera magna

906. Arachnothera magna.

The Larger Streaked Spider-hunter.

Cinnyris magna, Hodgs. Ind. Rev. 1837, p. 272. Arachnothera magna (Hodgs.), Blyth, Cat. p. 221; Horsf. & M. Cat. ii, p. 727; Jerd. B. I. i, p. 360; Stoliczka, J. A. S. B. xxxvii, pt. ii, p. 23 ; Hume, S. F. iii, p. 85; Gammie, S. F. v, p. 385 ; Shelley, Mon. Nect. pp. xlix, 347, pl. 112; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 173 ; Hume, Cat. no. 223; Oates, B. B. i, p. 327; Bingham, S. F. ix, p. 169; Gadow, Cat. B. M. ix, p. 105 ; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 79; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. ii, p. 268.

The Large Spider-hunter, Jerd.; Dom-siriok-pho, Lepch.; Yedong-pichang, Bhut.

Coloration. Forehead and crown olive-yellow, each feather with a large black patch in the centre ; lesser and median wing-coverts the same; remainder of the upper plumage olive-yellow, with distinct broad black shaft-stripes ; greater wing-coverts and tertiaries olive-yellow with black shafts; primaries and secondaries dark brown, margined with olive-yellow; tail olive-yellow, each feather with a band of black near the end, followed on all but the median pair by a lighter patch of pale yellowish; sides of the head like the back, but paler; the entire under plumage pale yellowish, each feather with a broad streak of black.

Bill black : iris brown; legs orange-yellow; claws yellow.

Length 7; tail 2; wing 3.7; tarsus .8; bill from gape 1.8.

Distribution. The Himalayas, from Bilaspur in the Sutlej valley (according to Stoliczka, l. c.) to the extreme east of Assam ; the valley of Assam; the Khasi hills; Manipur; Arrakan; Tenasserim as far south as Tavoy and the Thoungyeen valley. This species is probably spread over the whole of Burma, but I failed to meet with it in any part of Pegu west of the Sittoung river. It occurs up to 5000 feet.

Habits, &c. Breeds from May to August, constructing an open cup-shaped nest of vegetable fibres felted together and mingled with dead leaves, and lined with grass. The nest is attached by half its rim to a plantain-leaf, to which it is sewn by very numerous threads. The eggs, usually three in number, are brown speckled with purple, and measure about .95 by .7.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.2 1890.
Title in Book: 
906. Arachnothera magna
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
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Common name: 
Larger Streaked Spider Hunter
Streaked Spiderhunter
Arachnothera magna
Vol. 2
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